THE GRIFFIN OF DARKWOOD by Becky Citra
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Solid worldbuilding makes this a believable, page-turning adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The son of a fantasy novelist finds himself in an adventure worthy of one of his mother's plots. Read full book review >
EGG by Kevin Henkes
Kirkus Star
by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Another stunner from Henkes, who is able to evoke so much with few words and such seemingly simple illustrations. Gorgeous and thought-provoking. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In Henkes' latest book, the illustrator returns to one of his favorite recent themes—waiting. Read full book review >

A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This delightful story is a feast for the eyes and ears, and it will hold up well to repeated demands from eager young listeners. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Friendship blossoms between canine and rodent in this paean to the sheer joy of being alive. Read full book review >
ABRAHAM by Frank Keating
by Frank Keating, illustrated by Mike Wimmer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Like the faces on Mount Rushmore, this entry in the series provides a face but falls short on substance. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Following Theodore (2006) and George (2012), Keating adds a new face to the Mount Rushmore series. Read full book review >
THE HOMEWORK STRIKE by Greg Pincus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Readers will be drawn to the anti-homework cause and, while they may well find the realistic resolution disappointingly tame, will enjoy the high jinks along the way. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this humorous sequel to The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. (2013), the white seventh-grader realizes that his monstrous amount of homework gobbles all his after-school time, interfering with his writing and the other things he loves to do. Read full book review >

NO MORE BOWS by Samantha Cotterill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An enjoyable, repeatable read-aloud with memorable art that will have readers hoping for another outing with Hugo. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dog resists playing dress-up with his little girl. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF HENRY WHISKERS by Gigi Priebe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Innocuous adventuring on the smallest of scales. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965) upgrades to The Mice and the Rolls-Royce. Read full book review >
A CRACK IN THE SEA by H.M. Bouwman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This novel touches on sensitive and tragic moments in history and gives them fantastical remediation for a provocative, immersive read. (afterword, bibliography) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In the "second world" dwell people who did not arrive of their own volition. But in that world exist communities and harmony, between and among the Raftworlders (with dark brown skin and tightly curled hair) and the Islanders (with lighter-brown skin and straight hair). Read full book review >
WOLF IN THE SNOW by Matthew Cordell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Deeply satisfying. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A near-wordless story of kindness repaid. Read full book review >
GAME OVER, SUPER RABBIT BOY! by Thomas Flintham
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A strong series start. (Early reader. 5-7)"
In a video game, a superpowered rabbit must rescue a singing dog that brings everyone happiness. Read full book review >
FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES by Ellen Oh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A natural for middle school classrooms and libraries, this strong collection should find eager readers. (Anthology. 8-12)"
Edited by We Need Diverse Books co-founder Oh, a collection of short stories that embraces a wide cultural spectrum of authorship. Read full book review >
XO, OX by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Persistence pays off seems to be the message in this bracingly un-Valentine-ish love story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children get their first lesson in unrequited love reading the letters between lovelorn Ox and self-centered Gazelle. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >